Kenya Doctor Returns to her Home Community to Give Back.

Meet Dr. Esther, HopeCore’s first Physician!

This is a success story that HopeCore couldn’t wait to share.

This past August, HopeCore hired their first medical doctor to join the public health team in Chogoria, Kenya.

We were thrilled and honored to hire Dr. Esther, a young, vibrant female physician who was obviously the strongest candidate with her passion, confidence, and determination to give back to the community she grew up in.

While we were interviewing Dr. Esther, it became clear that she grew up in the community of Chogoria and we were all touched that after working and living in Northern Kenya, Dr. Esther wanted to return to work with HopeCore and give back to the rural regions of Kenya where she spent her childhood. What we didn’t realize initially is that:

Dr. Esther is the daughter of one of the original 12 women who received a loan from HopeCore back in 2001.

Dr. Phil Rasori, HopeCore’s Medical Director shares that he remembers distinctly, back in the year 2000, when ” I stood with Dr. Mugambi (HopeCore’s founder/CEO), in front of 12 women to start Village HopeCore and now 20 years later, I just hired the first Kenyan physician who was the 8-year-old daughter of one of those 12 women. It is an incredible cycle and validation of all the hard work and support of the HopeCore team and our supporters, we are honored to welcome Dr. Esther on our team.”

Dr. Esther shares her story growing up in Chogoria and becoming a doctor in Kenya:

Growing up in Kieganguru as a little girl I remember seeing my mother go for group meetings in the afternoons and sometimes in the evenings. When she would come back home, she would talk to my father about her day. I remember her talking about the Rwancege women group and with time it became a common name in our household. She would talk about how the group was enabling her to work with my father to finance their small projects like bringing piped water to our farm, improving the coffee farm and zero-grazing, as well as helping them stock and manage our agrovet.

HopeCore Kenya Doctor
Dr. Esther during her first week working with HopeCore

I remember meeting Dr. Mugambi (President of Village HopeCore International), his sister Mary (Chairlady of the Rwancege Women Group) and their friends from the United States who became frequent visitors and from that friendships and relationships flourished. With time their group with the help of well-wishers continued growing into an organization, which is now widely known as Village HopeCore International.

The Rwancege group, HopeCore’s first group of women to receive business loans in 2001. Dr. Esther’s mother was part of this pioneer group.

The first school I attended was Chogoria Complex (Nursery to class three) a school right in the middle of Chogoria Mission Hospital. If my memory serves me right, during that time (it’s amazing I get to say this now, reminds me that I am getting old) we would occasionally see doctors passing by our school on their way to their residence and I would admire their charisma and elegance. I would look forward to giving way to them as most times we would probably be playing as they pass by, and always thought to myself, I want to be a doctor like them when I grow up.

I have loved and enjoyed helping others from an early age. This is one of the reasons I decided to pursue a medical career.

So as you can imagine, meeting Dr. Mugambi and his friends was inspiring. As young as I was, I understood that he had come back from the United States and was helping the community.

As I grew up, I was privileged to see my mother benefit from a group of dedicated women who were determined to better their lives and the lives of their families with the help of an organization they loved and were proud of. I had never imagined that one day I will be working for/with the same organization that my mother was talking about all these years.

At a time when I felt the need to do more community work, I happened to see an advertisement on a part-time physician need at Village HopeCore International. As they say charity begins at home, I applied for the position hoping to get a chance to do what I love, at the same time give back to a community I call home. Fortunately, I was given the chance to do exactly that and I couldn’t be more grateful and excited to work with Dr. Rasori and the team.

Looking back on how Village HOpeCore International empowered my mother enabling her to model me into who I am, now being a part of the same organization and see it continue empowering and helping others is remarkable.

Indeed as the Chinese proverb goes, “All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.

Thank you Dr. Esther!

We are thrilled to have you on our team!

20 thoughts on “Kenya Doctor Returns to her Home Community to Give Back.”

  1. I am proud of Dr Esther, I have known this young doctor sincer her child hood, seeing them grow at Chogoria together with my kids was the most exciting thing. Dr Esther, you are are welcome back to serve and give back to the community that natured you to a renown doctor, we wish you well.

  2. Congratulations Dr Esther, I know you will be a blessing to the Chogoria Community. A very kind hearted and brilliant lady.They are lucky to have you.

  3. Congratulations gal..be blessed for the good work and be blessed for giving back to the community. Wishing you all the best in your career..

  4. Wow! First of all, congratulations Dr. Esther. She is simply AMAZING! Always ready to help those in need irrespective of who they are. She was my classmate at Materi Girls, and I am among the many people she helped financially. God bless you Essy!

  5. Congratulations Dr. Esther Nyambura, my classmate. This is a true inspiration story. I have known you from the days at Kiera Academy and I know you are a zealous lady and VHI has hired one of the best. I am a true testimony of the organization having worked there as a volunteer a while back. Keep inspiring the next generation. Kudos

  6. Waw!I must say that I am so happy and proud of you Dr.Esther,it’s encouraging to see a young woman like you so committed to giving back to the community and saying “thank you” for being my source of strength and assistance for me to have come this far.
    You are blessed dear.Thank you once more.

  7. Congratulations Dr Esther, ever smiling and ready to help. My time and experience working with you was remarkable.. soar higher Essy..

  8. Congratulations Esther, you are inspiration to my siblings and I. We are happy for you and we believe this is just the beginning of God’s plans for you. Cheers!

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